Wellbeing, mental health and getting back to the new normal

By Tara Dulake

How important is your wellbeing? We are more focused on it now than we ever have been before and have collated some of our favourite tips, resources and apps to help look after our wellbeing and actively take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. Taking place this week from 18 to 24 May, this year’s campaign is on kindness, which we can all benefit from especially at the moment.

Ways to help your wellbeing:

  • Getting active – have a walk on your lunch break
  • Healthy eating – good nutrition plays an important factor in a healthy lifestyle
  • Meditation – reduces stress and anxiety
  • Act of kindness – promotes empathy and compassion which releases positivity
  • Cooking – is a form of nurturing
  • Hobbies and learning new skills – instils confidence and sense of achievement
  • Talking and listening – it’s important to talk through problems. Listening is just as important as talking

There are lots of websites and tools out there too:

  1. Headspace: Headspace is a mobile app which makes practicing mindfulness much easier! Helping you learn easy techniques that you can transfer from the session into your everyday life, you can sign up for free to their Take 10programme – just 10 minutes a day for 10 days
  2. Breathe: Breathe is a mindfulness app that helps you stay calm and battle anxiety by sending you gentle deep breathing reminders throughout the day
  3. Mental Health Foundation:  Offers free wellbeing podcasts on mindfulness, exercise, diet, relaxation, stress and anxiety
  4. Mind: is a fantastic charitable organisation with some great ambassador’s such as Fearne Cotton, Ruby Wax, and George Ezra
  5. Heads Together is another charitable organisation involving The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Duchess created her first Podcast interview regarding her experiences with motherhood
  6. Reading a good book time to rediscover your pause button. CALM is a book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm. Containing simple tools, tricks and habits, it is a practical guide to twenty-first century mindfulness

During Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be promoting activities and things to help to achieve some zen in our daily lives. Follow us on social media to find out what we get up to and join in!